As soon as it was safe for the boy to travel, they bore him away to the Northern Woods.
It was a long and complicated journey for a child only seven weeks old. From the
suburban town of Oak Park, Illinois, they took the train to Chicago, a horse cab to the pier on Lake Michigan, the steamer Manitou to Harbor Springs on Little Traverse bay, the
curving tracks of the small railroad to the depot in Petoskey, and even a small branch line to the foot of Bear Lake; and at last, a rowboat to the shorefront property that Doctor Ed. Hem had bought from Henry Bacon the summer before.
They were going to build a small cottage, and they had come to complete the arrangements.